Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)

Very early in the life of this blog, in March 2012, I reviewed a Susan Hayward film called I’ll Cry Tomorrow, which is a biopic of Lillian Roth. The story of I’ll Cry Tomorrow follows an up-and-coming starlet who, throughout her career, struggles with alcoholism. Her reliance on alcohol threatens both her career and her personal life. Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman, also starring … Continue reading Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)

Goodbye Again (1933)

Kenneth Bixby (Warren William) is a sensation of the American literary world, having written a number of best-selling, well-received novels. By his side through it all is Anne Rogers (Joan Blondell), his faithful secretary. While on a lecture tour, Kenneth reconnects with Julie Wilson (Genevieve Tobin), a girlfriend from his past. Julie believes she inspired the central character of Kenneth’s latest novel, and she wants … Continue reading Goodbye Again (1933)

Period film: Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

J.C. (Billy Crudup) and Doug Holt (Joaquin Phoenix) are from the “wrong side of the tracks.” Outcasts in a town full of people living the “American Dream” in the late 1950s, the boys have been raised by a working, single mother (Kathy Baker). Their father lost his life during a period of conflict with his business partner, Lloyd Abbott (Will Patton), who has since become … Continue reading Period film: Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

San Francisco (1936)

“SAN FRANCISCO – guardian of the Golden Gate – stands today a queen among sea ports – industrious, mature, respectable. But perhaps she dreams of the queen and city she was — splendid and sensuous, vulgar and magnificent – that perished suddenly with a cry still heard in the hearts of those who knew her, at exactly… Five-thirteen A.M. April 18, 1906“ Blackie Norton (Clark … Continue reading San Francisco (1936)

High Tide at Noon (1957)

“Gosh, it’s good to be home. And everything’s the same. That’s what’s so wonderful about the island. Nothing ever changes.” – Joanna, High Tide at Noon On an island off of the coast of Nova Scotia, the lifestyle of lobster fishermen is rugged but contented. The fishermen rent their homes and businesses from the Mackenzies, a wealthy family by whom much of the island is … Continue reading High Tide at Noon (1957)

Mill Creek Musings: Quicksand (1950)

Dan Brady (Mickey Rooney) is a mechanic with a big ego. He believes he’s irresistible to women, and he’s fallen for a beautiful waitress named Vera (Jeanne Cagney, sister of James), who agrees to go out with him. The only problem is that Dan doesn’t have the kind of money it takes to impress a woman like Vera, whose goal in life is to own … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Quicksand (1950)

Mill Creek Musings: Murder with Pictures (1936)

Kent Murdock (Lew Ayres) is a newspaper man with a reputation of pulling the rug out from under his competition and beating them to get the scoop. His latest story is that of Nate Girard (Onslow Stevens), the suspected boss of a crime ring. Girard’s lawyer, Stanley Redfield (Ernest Cossart), has decided to throw a party for the newsmen, a less-formal version of a press … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Murder with Pictures (1936)